The University of South Carolina Beaufort men's golf team showed it is ready to carry on the winning tradition the program has built in its early years, as the Sand Sharks secured a six-shot victory in the Thomas University Invitational on Tuesday at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, Ga.
Led by individual runner-up Brian Langley -- who lost the title on the fourth hole of a playoff -- the Sand Sharks finished with a 36-hole score of 586, six shots clear of Sun Conference rival Webber International. Host Thomas (593) was third, and Coastal Georgia (594) was fourth.
Langley held a four-shot lead entering the final round after school-record 7-under-par 65 in the opening round. The junior shot 76 on Tuesday and ended up in a tie with Coastal Georgia's Dylan Freeman (69-72) at 3-under 141. They remained deadlocked until Freeman won with a par on the fourth playoff hole.
USCB junior Owen Bell (71-75--146) also cracked the top 10, finishing in a tie for seventh. Senior Travis Cashion (75-74--149) was 16th, sophomore Ryan Clancy (74-76--150) tied for 17th, and freshman Alex Mihai (80-76--156) was 40th.
The Sand Sharks conclude their fall schedule Oct. 15-16 at the SeeMore NAIA Intercollegiate at The Club at Savannah Harbor.